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What is the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Grant?

Helping tribal leaders evaluate and identify viable economic opportunities for their communities

All economic endeavors pose some degree of risk.  

By funding feasibility studies, the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) grant helps tribes weigh their risks to determine whether a project is worth pursuing and empower them to make informed decisions about their economic futures.

Results from studies can often help tribes persuade lenders and investors to provide financial backing to help turn their idea into a reality.

Application Process

Interested in applying? Learn how.

Evaluation Criteria

A comprehensive NABDI proposal will describe how the potential project will create jobs and stimulate economic activity within a Native community. There are five categories that a review panel will use to evaluate and score NABDI proposals. The evaluation criterion is described in the NABDI Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Need Technical Assistance?

In addition to our grants, many of our in-house technical capabilities and expert services are available for FREE to tribes.  

We’re committed to offering the technical support needed to assist tribes in exploring and developing economic resources to meet their long-term goals to support their people. 


Dennis A. Wilson, Jr. Grant Management Specialist (505) 917-3235dennis.wilson@bia.gov

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